October 14, 1947

Today In History

Chuck Yeager becomes the first person to break the sound barrier 

Remember When

Memories of 1972 ? .... Where Were You ?
1964 Notre Dame vs. Purdue - Great QB matchup - Huarte vs. Griese
'The Immaculate Reception' Raiders vs. Steelers 1972 AFC Divisional Round
The Immaculate Reception There are moments that defy explanation, and Pittsburgh Steelers star Franco Harris was the key player in professional football’s most famous play, ‘The Immaculate Reception.’ Trailing the Oakland Raiders 7-6, facing fourth-and-10 on their own 40-yard line with 22 seconds remaining in the game and no time-outs, it appeared that the Steelers had no chance to win this game. Head coach Chuck Noll called a pass play, 66 Circle Option. Raiders safety Jack Tatum collided with “Frenchy” Fuqua just as the ball arrived sending the ball sailing in to the air backward several yards, end over end… Steelers running back Franco Harris, running downfield scooped up the ball inches before it hit the ground, and ran downfield to score the touchdown that gave the Steelers the victory 12-7.
Song of the Day
The Beatles "Help" Live 1965
Richard Chamberlain discusses playing Blackthorne in "Shogun"
Shogun 1980 Based on the novel by James Clavell, the story tells of Englishman John Blackthorne played by Richard Chamberlain who becomes assimilated in 1600s Japan after he is shipwrecked. The entire show was filmed in Japan
Explore America
Come visit a revamped Playboy Lounge and Supper Club opening in 2017 in midtown Manhattan's new Cachet Boutique hotel

Classic Bob Hope Moments

TV Show of the Day
Classic scenes from Get Smart | Season 5
Maxwell Smart, a.k.a. Agent 86, works for CONTROL, a Washington, D.C.-based counterintelligence agency. Totally inept as a secret agent, Smart can barely use the gadgetry the agency provides him 'including a phone embedded in his shoe'. Nevertheless, he and his fellow agents always seem to thwart the operations of KAOS, an organized crime outfit dedicated to evil. Agent 99 is Smart's smarter partner, a resourceful agent who eventually marries her bumbling cohort. Smart and Agent 99's boss is a man known only as The Chief. Starring Don Adams as Maxwell Smart | Barbara Feldon as Agent 99 | Edward Platt as The Chef.
The Best of Get Smart | Season One | 1965 - 1966
In the Wimbledon final, Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe battled out over five tempestuous sets in 1980
Interview of the Day
Jackie Gleason on 20/20 - Part 1
To The Moon…Jackie Gleason - February 26, 1916 – June 24, 1987 - From Minnesota Fats in the 1961 drama ‘The Hustler’ with Paul Newman to his role as Buford T. Justice in the ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ series and , of course, Ralph Kramden in ‘The Honeymooners’, John Herbert Gleason, better known as Jackie Gleason, won our hearts with his unique visual and verbal comedy style. Gleason grew up at 328 Chauncey St. in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. He later used that very same address for Ralph and Alice Kramden, characters on ‘The Honeymooners’. On December 15, 1925, Gleason’s father collected his hat, coat and paycheck, leaving the insurance company that he worked for and his family permanently. Gleason fought his way through a rough childhood and became interested in the arts. He soon began putting together acts with friend Sammy Birch and working as Master of Ceremonies on the New York club circuit. By age 24 Gleason was appearing in films such as ‘Navy Blues’ with Ann Sheridan and Martha Raye and ‘All Through the Night’ with Humphrey Bogart. His television career took off when he became one of the rotating hosts on DuMont's ‘Cavalcade of Star’s’ variety hour in 1950. Gleason added flashy dance numbers and character sketches to the show. He became so well known that CBS hired him on to host its variety hour in 1952. That show eventually changed its name to ‘The Jackie Gleason Show ‘and became the country's second-highest-rated television show during 1954–1955. Jackie Gleason kept his health problems private; he was known to smoke up to 4 packs of cigarettes a day and died of heart related problems on June, 24 1987. Gleason’s memorable characters will live on in American Culture for years to come. After all, how could we forget ‘Ralph Kramden’ and his infamous quote ‘To the Moon Alice’?
Kennedy vs. Nixon | 1960 | First National Televised Debate (short clip)
John F. Kennedy Defeats Richard Nixon in the First Presidential Debate in 1960 November 9, 1960 In a tumultuous campaign that was highlighted by the first televised presidential debate, John F. Kennedy a wealthy Democratic Senator from Massachusetts narrowly defeated Richard M. Nixon by 118,000 votes to become the thirty fifth president of the United States. A crucial factor and turning point in this election was the first ever televised presidential debate. Nixon felt poorly, he injured his knee on the way to the studio, and refused television makeup. He expected to win voters with his foreign-policy expertise, but people only saw a sickly man sweating profusely and wearing a gray suit that blended into the scenery. On the other hand his rival, Kennedy, looked great. The television audience gave the win to Kennedy.
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CLASSIC AMERICAN IMAGES